babbie
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babbie asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 10 years ago

Do you think the health summit would have been more productive ?

If Obama had stayed out of it and just let the legislators handle it?

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  • 10 years ago
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    probably not...

  • 10 years ago

    Now that is the best question I have seen all night. I do think the result would have been the same without the president. The meeting was not about resolving differences between the two political parties. It was about political tactics. The real idea of the meeting was to make the republicans look like obstructionist to the healthcare bill. There were no intentions by the democrats to do anything bipartisan. It was all just a political show. The democrats know exactly what the republicans don’t like about the bill and the majority of the people have the same problems with the healthcare bill as the republicans do.

    The health care bill is currently in the House of Representatives. The Liberal and progressive democrats have a supper majority in the House of Representatives. The vote count is 273 Liberal and progressive democrats or independents’ that tend to vote with democrats, Compared to 172 republicans. They don’t need one republican vote to pass healthcare bill. They only need 218 votes to pass the bill. All they do is whine and lie about the facts. They can’t get their own party to vote for healthcare or the tax bill. That’s how bad the healthcare bill is. I hope the republicans stay the party of NO. The republicans can’t stop anything they don’t have the votes to stop healthcare. This was all just a political tactic. It is in fact the democrats that are obstructing the passage of the healthcare bill. The democrats that don’t like the bill have the same problems as the republicans and the people have with the healthcare bill.

  • 10 years ago

    Unfortunately, it was just as productive as the President wanted it to be. There was never any intent by the administration to actually get to some "understanding", but instead it was a media circus that provided them with an excuse to push the health care bill, because the big, bad Republicans wouldn't roll over and agree with them in front of the cameras. And of course the main stream media saw it exactly that way too.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Sure would have been less arrogance at the summit but productivity no. The dems don't want to compromise. If they did, they wouldn't have written the bill behind closed doors without the help of any republicans.

    It isn't about providing health care or helping people, it is all about power, taxes and buying votes with another social program, regardless of the consequences to the people.

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  • 10 years ago

    no

    the whole point of the thing was to show that the Republicans and Democrats are so far apart that no agreement is possible.

    Now the Dems are going to try and cram a tremendously expensive fix to the health insurance system down America's throat. Never mind trying to improve America's basic health, or lower the costs of medical care, let's fix who pays for the health and care we get.

    Rep, Paul Ryan [R-Wisconsin] estimated the actual net cost [benefits paid minus taxes collected] of the Obama proposal over the first 10 years of benefits at $1.4 trillion. 1/10th of that is $140 billion added to the annual deficit each and every year into infinity.

    Ryan also reported that Medicare's chief actuary concluded that the Obama proposal will actually RAISE average costs to the average American, instead of lowering them.

    Source(s): investors.com
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    No.

    Both sides agreed before the summit that it was just going to be political posturing. So nothing was going to get done whether or not Obama was involved.

  • 10 years ago

    It would have been better if they would have brought in a Professional and kept it to the issues period, but that is not what this was about. It was all about Obama thinking he got a 7 hour infomercial on HIS plan. Sort of backfired on him and his party though.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Yes.

  • Ernest
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    10 years ago

    They tried that for a year and nothing came of it. Unfortunately, you cannot push worms up a hill.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    No. That was the problem in the first place. He stepped back because he was afraid of health reform becoming a personality issue.

    He's learned his lesson. He must carry a sword.

  • 10 years ago

    No. Obama took questions and listened attentively and respectfully and then gave open and honest answers. Discussion was necessary and he provided it. Did you ever hear Bush hold ANY kind of summit with the democrats? Of course not.

    Source(s): Proud Democrat
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